Compare Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray vs. Halls Cough Drops

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Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray
(Phenol)

Halls Menthol Lozenges
(Menthol)

Relieves sore throat. Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray (Phenol) relieves sore throat pain and doesn't have many side effects.Relieves sore throat and mouth pain. Halls Menthol Lozenges (Menthol) relieve sore throats well and don't have many side effects.
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Side effects
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How it works
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Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray (Phenol) is a local anesthetic. It blocks receptors on nerve endings, which creates a numbing sensation and relieves pain.Halls Menthol Lozenges (Menthol) contain menthol, a local anesthetic. Menthol creates a cooling sensation that distracts you from feeling pain.
Type of medication
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Oral anestheticOver-the-counter
Oral anestheticOver-the-counter
Available as
Chloraseptic Sore Throat SprayHalls Cough Drops
  • Throat spray
  • Lozenge
Used for (click to learn more)
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Risk factors for serious side effects
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    Detailed Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray (Phenol) risks & warnings »
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      Pregnancy category
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      NFDA pregnancy category (Unknown)

      The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

      See the FDA package insert
      NFDA pregnancy category (Unknown)

      The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.

      See the FDA package insert
      Alcohol
      • Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray (Phenol) is alcohol, sugar, and aspirin free, so it’s pretty safe to use.
      No specific alcohol-related info.
      Food
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      Kidneys and liver
      No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      Sex
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      Sleep
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      Weight
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      Upsides and benefits
      Chloraseptic Sore Throat SprayHalls Cough Drops
      • Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray (Phenol) is effective at relieving pain in the mouth and throat. It starts working right away, so you don’t have to wait long to feel better.
      • It's available in a pharmacy without a prescription and comes in different flavors.
      • Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray (Phenol) is alcohol, sugar, and aspirin free, so it’s pretty safe to use.
      • If you buy the "max" throat spray, it contains an additional medication that forms a soothing film over your throat.
      • Halls Menthol Lozenges (Menthol) are effective at relieving pain in the mouth and throat. They work right away, so you don’t have to wait long to feel better.
      • Come in a sugar-free form (which can be better for your teeth).
      • Available in different flavors so you have the option of choosing the best-tasting one.
      Downsides and risks
      Chloraseptic Sore Throat SprayHalls Cough Drops
      • It can stain your hair, nails, and skin.
      • It doesn’t cure throat or mouth infections.
      • Only lasts about 2 hours.
      • These cough drops don’t cure infections or colds, but they help relieve some of their symptoms.
      • Pain relief doesn't last long, so you may need to take a new cough drop every 2 hours.
      • Can’t be used for children who are younger than 5 years old.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      Chloraseptic Sore Throat SprayHalls Cough Drops
      • Only spray Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray (Phenol) on painful areas in your mouth. Let it sit for 15 seconds and then spit the liquid out.
      • Don't swallow Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray (Phenol) because it could upset your stomach.
      • Don’t use more than one spray every 2 hours.
      • If your mouth or throat still hurts after 2 days, it could be due to a worsening infection. Work with a doctor to find the best medication for you.
      • Use one lozenge every 2 hours as you need to for sore throat.
      • Since the lozenges could be mistaken for candy and can be a choking hazard, keep these away from children who are younger than 5 years old.
      • Let your doctor know if you have an infection and your symptoms don’t get better after a few days.
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